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Old 07-10-2004, 12:23 PM   #1
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Thumbs down Add/Remove Packages tool

I don't know if anyone else has noticed this, or if this is just a specific problem to my install, but that package manager is horrible. I just wanted to do a quick install so I installed a minimal amount of packages and figured I could update whenever I got the system booted up. Well since I was never asked to configure X or configure the initial runlevel to boot up in, X froze on the boot and I wasn't able to do anything. I ended up mounting the drive in Slack and changing the runlevel from there, that way I could get to a command prompt. Anyways, back to the subject.

So I get X working and go to install some packages, select the packages I want to install, and start at it. Well, it only installed around 20 packages of 189 and then it froze, so I had to kill the process, then open it back up again and start over. This time I decided to just install a few packages at a time. The first set of packages I selected to install asked for CD 2. No big deal, so I throw disk 2 in and let it go. Well then it asks for disk 1 after that. Kind of odd, I would think it would have asked me for cd 1 first. Oh well, drop the cd in there and it finishes up. So now I select the next set of packages I want to install, and the process is the same until I get asked to put disk 1 in the drive. I put it in, it installs one or two packages, and then asks for disk 2, installed one or two packages, then asks for disk one again, etc... It goes on like this for about ten minutes, which is very rediculous(sp?). I don't know if anyone else has had this happen, but it is rediculous and really needs to be fixed.

I would much rather just install stuff from the command line, but since Fedora has such an extensive package organization on their cd's it's hard to do. So far I am not too pleased with Fedora Core 2, and I'm dissapointed with the ease of use so far considering this is supposed to be the best for people who are switching from Windows. Slackware was easier to configure to me than this was. Redhat/Fedora, in my opinion, has just gotten worse through the years. The first version of Redhat I ever installed was 7.2, and so far there hasn't been another version release that ran smoother. Anyways, enough of my ranting. Has anyone else experienced problems like this?
Old 07-10-2004, 04:11 PM   #2
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Yeah, I went through basically the same thing with the Fedora package management system. That is why I use Yum exclusively ever's great. You'll never have to update that many packages at once again...hardly worth complainng about. But I agree the CD swap thing could have been done better.
Old 07-10-2004, 04:51 PM   #3
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Slackware doesn't work with dependencies(you could use swaret).

You probably missed some packages.(I had a lot of trouble updating the RPM database)
The easy way is to do a full pre-configured install (or install the base packages of all sections).

I do like it more than RH9 or FC1 thow.
You just get the feeling they had an imposible deathline(mostly with the 2.6 kenel).

Last edited by jens; 07-10-2004 at 05:02 PM.


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